COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 2, 2013) – The U.S. men’s beach volleyball team of Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson gave the United States its second silver medal from the FIVB World Cup Final on Sunday in Campinas, Brazil.
| Jake Gibb, left, and Casey Patterson show off their silver medals.
A day after the U.S. women’s team of April Ross and Jennifer Kessy took silver in Brazil, Gibb (Bountiful, Utah) and Patterson (Van Nuys, Calif.), seeded No. 2, fell to Brazil’s No. 1 seeded Alison Cerutti and Emanuel Rego, 13-21, 21-19, 15-11 in 48 minutes.
The U.S. team started the match well, serving more consistently to unsettle the rhythm of the Brazilians and claimed the opening set 21-13.
"They made a lot of errors in the first set," Patterson said in an FIVB press release. "We served real well and got them out of their system, so they had to make harder plays."
The home team's serving improved and Brazil levelled the match by taking a close second set 21-19, thanks to a huge play from Alison with the scores tied at 19-19.
"I hit it [ball] right at his face," Patterson said. "And he dug it with his hand perfectly, real easy. I think that's what won them the match. That's why he's one of the best blockers in the world."
The tie-break was even up until 10-10, then Gibb made a couple of mistakes and Brazil pulled away for a 15-11 victory.
Gibb praised his experienced rival.
"I made two big mistakes and that's what cost us the match," he said. "Emanuel went for more shots, and was really crisp. He was definitely in a rhythm, you can see why he is who he is; he's amazing."
U.S. beach teams will be back in action June 11-16 at the FIVB The Hague Grand Slam in Netherlands.
To view the men’s results, click here.
To view the women’s results, click here.